"Prayer and Process" Stuart Jones We have often heard, “let’s just get down to the basics” – just the stuff that matters, set aside the all the extra and really take care of business, you know, the important things. The simple challenges can be the most daunting. We crowd our lives, all facets of our lives – work, family, and church – with all manner of details, tasks, and general busy work that jams up our schedules and leads us away from what is really important. How do we know what the real basics are all about? Acts 2:42 lays out a simple plan followed by the early church, “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” It is interesting to note that it does not say “the apostles continued steadfastly in their teaching” but that the church continued steadfastly in the apostles' teaching. This verse is our plan to follow in our time just as it was the plan for the early church. Our mission at First Christian is in keeping with Acts 2:42, simple and straightforward – Love God, Love People, and serve others. And as the verse commands, we surround our efforts in prayer. We have a standard to follow – loving God through the study of His word, loving people through fellowship, and devotion to others through service in the community of man…with prayer guiding and binding all those efforts together. How do we measure up to the standard of the early church? Are we spending our time on the “basics”?